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I want to see the milky way.

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This is sort of a bucket list item for me. Something I want to experience with my own eyes at least once in my lifetime. Maybe take some pictures if I can.

info - https://darksitefinder.com/how-to-see-the-milky-way/

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The core of the milky way is only visible about half of the year. The other half it is located beneath the horizon. In the winter months (December – February) it is not visible at all because it’s too close to the sun. In the spring (March – May), it will first become visible a few hours before sunrise. By June it will rise much earlier before midnight. The summer months (June – August) are generally the best viewing time because it will be up most of the night. By fall (September – November) the milky way will be best seen in the evening, before it sets. Twilight can brighten the sky up to 2 hours before sunrise and 2 hours after sunset, so you want to avoid those times.

So it seems like this month or early next month is the best time to go.

Most likely on a Saturday night over to a Sunday.

Nearby area with map of light pollution - https://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html#8/34.089/-116.721

Option 1 - Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark

Option 2 - Hole in the Wall Campground

I will start seriously thinking about this and if no one else is interested I will do it on my own. It is unlikely that I would stay the whole night.

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I'm picking Saturday, August 31st. It's a supermoon (it's close) but it is also new moon (it's blocking). This should work pretty well. Also 3 day weekend so I can recover a bit from sleep deprived Saturday night.

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Did you guys ever go? I would think Borrego Springs is a reasonably nearby site to visit and see. 

https://www.darksky.org/anza-borrego-desert-state-park-recognized-as-an-international-dark-sky-park/


It's only about 100 miles (2 hr drive) so isn't crazy. I have an 8 in dobsonian so I'd love to go astronomy star gazing etc.

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We did go to the Amboy crater and it was a good experience.  It wasn't nearly as bright/obvious as some of the photos and videos I've seen, but it was certainly visible.  There was a small group of people doing some star gazing and I think one group that was taking weird cosplay photos. 

I'm glad I went, but I'm not particularly interested in going again anytime soon. 

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As Malaphax already confirmed, yes we did go to Amboy Crater on the date I mentioned in my previous post (Saturday, August 31st).

It was like an 8 hour trip total (3 hour drive there + 2 hours there + 3 hours back). Timed it to arrive like 15-20 minutes after sunset (trying to hit "astronomical twilight") and was back shortly after midnight I think so I did not end up losing a whole night of sleep.

If you take the same trip, I imagine you will probably have to stop in Barstow to charge. You are driving on an empty, paved road in the middle of nowhere with limited cell reception for the last small portion so it would be a terrible place to run out of battery.

I would recommend it.

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